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    just wondering which poem is desired the most. Mine is Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning and the best part is :

    "Yet gifts should prove their use:
    I own the Past profuse
    Of power each side, perfection every turn:
    Eyes, ears took in their dole,
    Brain treasured up the whole;
    Should not the heart beat once 'How good to
    live and learn'?"

    Isn't it a beauty!!

    so which do you like?
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    I wandered lonely as a cloud (Daffodils) by William Wordworth.

    Favourite part:

    'The waves beside them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    A poet could not but be gay,
    In such a jocund company:
    I gazed---and gazed---but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought:'
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    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost. No idea why, it's just stuck with me since I first heard it aged eleven.

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound's the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
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    Robert Frost is wonderful!

    Here is Ted Hughes, "Wodwo". There are so many brilliant poems to choose from by him, this one is so intense, deep, powerful.

    What am I? Nosing here, turning leaves over
    Following a faint stain on the air to the river’s edge
    I enter water. Who am I to split
    The glassy grain of water looking upward I see the bed
    Of the river above me upside down very clear
    What am I doing here in mid-air? Why do I find
    this frog so interesting as I inspect its most secret
    interior and make it my own? Do these weeds
    know me and name me to each other have they
    seen me before do I fit in their world? I seem
    separate from the ground and not rooted but dropped
    out of nothing casually I’ve no threads
    fastening me to anything I can go anywhere
    I seem to have been given the freedom
    of this place what am I then? And picking
    bits of bark off this rotten stump gives me
    no pleasure and it’s no use so why do I do it
    me and doing that have coincided very queerly
    But what shall I be called am I the first
    have I an owner what shape am I what
    shape am I am I huge if I go
    to the end on this way past these trees and past these trees
    till I get tired that’s touching one wall of me
    for the moment if I sit still how everything
    stops to watch me I suppose I am the exact centre
    but there’s all this what is it roots
    roots roots roots and here’s the water
    again very queer but I’ll go on looking
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    My favourite poem is "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns. Nothing beats a good ole Rabbie Burns poem! His poem "To a Mouse" is also an absolute classic!

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